OSWEGO, NY – In an effort to shed light on the tragedy of college student suicide and start a dialogue about a heavily stigmatized topic, Active Minds at SUNY Oswego will be hosting Send Silence Packing, a public education display of 1,100 donated backpacks representing the 1,100 college students lost to suicide each year.
“Few people realize that suicide is the second leading cause of death on college campuses and is erasing the future of so many of our peers,” said chapter founder Jo Molascon. “We are so honored to host Send Silence Packing. The display will provide a powerful opportunity to raise awareness at OSU and let every student know that if they are depressed or suicidal they are not alone and there is help.”
Send Silence Packing was developed by Active Minds, Inc., the leading voice for college student mental health in the United States.
The national organization has collected and continues to collect backpacks and personal stories in memory of loved ones lost to suicide.
By displaying backpacks with personal stories that put a “face” to the lives lost to suicide, Send Silence Packing carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about lowering statistics, but about saving the lives of students, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends across the nation.
Active Minds at SUNY Oswego encourages press and all members of the Oswego County community to come view the display on April 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the campus quad. In case of inclement weather, the display will be held indoors at the Hewitt Union Ballroom.
The group will be passing out information about mental health, student suicide, and where to go to seek help.
Information tables and activities will also be provided throughout the day.
“Together we can save lives,” said Molascon.
About Active Minds, Inc.
Active Minds is the leading voice in college student mental health and supports a rapidly growing network of more than 300 student-run chapters on colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. All chapters work towards one goal: to create a campus culture where it is OK to speak openly about mental health and seek help. A national non-profit headquartered in Washington D.C., Active Minds empowers students to change the conversation about mental health one campus at a time. To learn more, visit www.activeminds.org. For more information about Send Silence Packing and the Spring 2012 Tour, visit www.sendsilencepacking.org